Phil Ivey has been referred to as the best poker competitor in the world by many of the top-ranked professionals. Phil was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to NJ before his first birthday. His grandfather taught Phil penny-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From then on on, Phil was addicted to poker and wished to discover every little thing he possibly could about poker. He routinely would tell his parents that he wanted to be a professional poker player. Phil didn’t let the negative feedback from others annihilate his ambition of being one of the best poker players in the world.

Phil started competing intently after getting a fake ID by the name of Jerome. He practiced his abilities at the casinos of Atlantic City. The first few years for Phil were a teaching experience and coming away with a win was not a regular outcome at the time. Phil made his mark at the 2000 World Series of Poker when he achieved 2 final tables and won his first World Series of Poker bracelet, in a two dollar, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha game. At the final table he destroyed many of the well known pros including "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

Phil made a decision to take his skills to the next level and headed out west to Sin City. He continues to compete in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players on the planet. Ivey credits his achievements to hard work and a continuing passion for the game of poker. He states that he is picking up skills every single day and is quite abashed about his accomplishments. Phil knows he makes errors in each game of poker and constantly aspires to improve.

Although Phil has won some large tournaments, he likes winning money games on a normal basis.

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